Attractions in Trans Nzoia County
12. Endebess-Kitale Plains
Agriculture is the foremost economic enterprise in Trans Nzoia and with a fairly flat terrain it has dedicated large acreage under large-scale farming. The beauty of this region is defined by the variegated farming lands, sprucely transformed with every passing season. Trans Nzoia County is home to scores of the biggest farmlands in Western Kenya found mostly around the Endebess-Kitale Plains. Most of these farms belong to the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) and the main crops include maize, coffee, pyrethrum, tea, beans and sunflower.
13. Kitale War Memorial
The Kitale War Cemetery is situated on the western outskirts of the town along Kitale-Endebess-Suam Road, and is somewhat difficult to find. If coming from Eldoret follow the road through town past the railway station, then turn off left to take the rough road that runs parallel to the main road (used as a market) as far as the north-western quarter of town. At the very end of this rough road turn left at the direction sign and follow the very rough track about 2 kms to the war cemetery. As one of the salient townships in the northern part of Kenya, Kitale was an epicentre for many colonial operations. During the 1939-1945 War there were several small military units near Kitale, and also a military hospital. The cemetery contains the graves of 60 East African soldiers who died during the 1939-’45 War. The cemetery is open Monday-Friday, between 06:00 and 18:00.
14. Kitale Museum
Kitale, the largest town in Trans Nzoia and its capital, sits roughly at the center of the county and it is not only a useful logistic but also a cultural and business hub. Kitale stands at the centre of a system of main roads, and with great roads radiating out of it to other major towns, connecting the Counties of Kakamega, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu and Bungoma. Kitale dominates the area, being one of the seven larger towns of Kenya. It is basically a market town from which the agricultural and dairy produce are distributed. Its impetus for growth were the fertile plains in the western half of the area and the arrival of the Kitale branch of the Kenya-Uganda Railway. As a result of its good location, fertile soils and favourable climate, Kitale attracted many settler farmers and Asian traders. First opened to the public in 1924 as Stoneham Museum, Kitale Museum became the first regional museum in Kenya. It found its name from the famous naturalist Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Stoneham who first operated it as his private collection of insects, animals and books. In 1974, Stoneham was reestablished as the Museum of Western Kenya. Consequently, it was revamped with a motley collection of ethnographic material relating to communities living in Trans Nzoia and renamed as the Kitale Museum. It’s found 1 km from Kitale.
15. Kitale Golf Club
Founded in 1924 as an 18-holf golf course, that measures 6,990 yards with a par 73, it is one of the foremost courses of the 36 golf clubs in Kenya. Aside from its surpassing greens and beautiful surrounding landscape, Kitale Golf Club is also well-known for the variety of monkeys that marshal its fairways. It plays host to numerous top-rate tournaments like the Chairman’s Putter, Kenya Seed Classic Tournament and Kitale Tournament. It is located along B2 Kitale-Eldoret Road.
16. Treasures of Africa Museum
The privately-run Treasures of Africa Museum displays the personal collection of John Galletly Wilson, the former colonial officer from Uganda who loved and spend many years studying the divergent tribes of Western Kenya and Uganda, and particularly the Karamajong and the Turkana tribes. Among the highlights at Treasures of Africa Museum are its invaluable collection of tribal art, photos, artefacts, mementos, and illustrations – all that depict a rarely seen world and poignant long-lost cultural practices – which Wilson collected over a period of 31 years of exploring across Africa. It’s situated 2 kms south of Kitale Golf Club.
17. Kitale Nature Conservancy
Especially cherished for its unique conservation and nurturing of animals with deformities and its education program focused on conserving the environment, Kitale Nature Conservancy (also known as Ndura Park) is conveniently located near Kitale Town and makes for a quick drop-in. It was begun as a community recreation area. Some of the highlights at the Kitale Nature Conservancy are its botanical gardens, its interesting mountain of curses, its animal orphanage, its snake park, the camping site, its walking trails, and its “holy mountain” which is commonly the base for educating students on conservation. In addition, Kitale Nature Conservancy has about 32 homey African inspired cottages which offer reasonable accommodation. It’s found 5 kms northeast of Kitale along A1 Road.
18. Sirwo Resort
This is located 12 kms east of Kitale along C48 Kitale-Maili Nane-Cherangani Road near Sibanga Trading Centre. It can also be reached by heading out on the A1 Kitale-Kapenguria Road north-easterly heading until Chematich and then turning south to Sibanga. Now a household name for residents of Kitale and its environs and for business and casual travellers, the middle-budget Sirwo Resort is set at the heart of the pretty farmlands of Trans Nzoia. It is a reinvigorating destination that’s understated and often sold short. With splendid views backed by rolling farmlands, hillocks and bristling forest, Sirwa Resort is a deserving weekend getaway. This peaceful and intoxicating resort abuts with the “sister establishment” at Cranes Haven Hotel where visitors can enjoy various leisure facilities including its pool, gardens and gym. Sirwo Resort is also within easy reach of Saiwa Swamp National Park, Cherangani Hills, and Mount Elgon Park.